When they finally hobble out of the OR Linda's husband sees them, and Cristina is totally broken and tells him she's sorry before shuffling away. He of course thinks this means the worst but Mere immediately tells him that his wife is doing fine and that someone will update him soon. She then runs after Cristina as he stares after them, probably thinking about how if she'd married Burke, Cristina would be just hunky-dory. I'm still a little irked at these two for their treatment of Cristina earlier.
Mark seeks out Callie, and after hearing Kerry's big epiphany he has had one of his own -- he tells Callie that she's wrong, and that there isn't time to wait because people do get struck by lightning and his best friend got shot. He's miffed because he thinks Callie shouldn't have told him to give it time when there is no guarantee that time will be there. I'm glad Mark's opening up, but he might also remember that he's a big boy now, especially with all of these actual adult feelings for a woman, and he could just do it without Callie's okay. Callie doesn't back down yet, though -- she tells him that they skip steps all the time and then pay for it, and points out that she nearly lost Arizona by talking about having a baby but then she went back and is now just crossing the bridge of moving in together, though it means Arizona is going to ruin her apartment. She thinks proposing might be too much, but Mark's got a comeback that is actually totally awesome. He tells her that if she's going through her worst he wants to go through it with her, because she makes him happier than anything he's ever known and if he can help at all with her being happy again that's all he wants to do for the rest of his life. Across America, ladies watching this episode all just gave a dreamy sigh, and even Callie isn't immune -- she smiles and tells him to go say that to her then, "But just like that!"
Owen is out of surgery and finds Meredith and Cristina sitting in the locker room. Cristina is certain Linda is now dead but Owen assures her she will be fine, and Cristina asks Mere if they can have a moment alone. She leaves without a look at Owen but I do feel like she reached some sort of peace with his being Cristina's partner, because she doesn't radiate the hatred that before emanated off of her before in almost visible waves. Once alone, Cristina barks at him that he was wrong about everything, and Owen immediately agrees and apologizes.
Derek runs up to Mere and I will give him credit that the first thing he asks, sounding genuinely worried, is if Cristina is okay, as opposed to asking first about the surgery itself. (Though I suppose he might already know that outcome, but I don't give Derek much so I'll give him this one thing.) Mere's hit her boiling point, FINALLY, and she snaps at him that no, no one is all right, but that Perkins is still clearing everyone for surgery anyway. Well yes, but in Cristina's case, he definitely had not cleared her for surgery, and what happened seems to be a pretty good explanation of why he had been holding back.